Ei film fesivaler bisesh anusthane uposthit thakte pere sammanito bodh krchhi (I am honoured to be here), King Khan, who is also Bengal's brand ambassador, said. He also promised that his Bengali would get better.
Mahesh Bhatt was also there at the inauguration of the 23rd KIFF. 'A story teller must be a story buster!' he tweeted.
Unity, and diversity
'Thank you Mamataji for inviting me again and again and honouring the best of my cinema family. I feel pride to (be) part of this family. A great example of unity & diversity,' Kamal Haasan tweeted.
A star-studded affair
Others present included the Big B and Kajol, pictured here with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Kolkata International Film Festival will run for eight days.
A gala affair
The 23rd KIFF will screen 143 films by 135 directors from 53 countries across 12 venues.
We will remember
The Kolkata International Film Festival will also pay homage to actors Om Puri and Tom Alter and to cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta.
The Sound of Music
Amitabh Bachchan spoke at KIFF about the 'indelible' effect of music. Kajol posted the picture on Twitter.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Quite obviously this picture of 'Raj' and 'Simran' (SRK's and Kajol's names in the movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) went viral.